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Activity weekend supports bereaved families

4th October 2017

Bereaved families were invited to an activity weekend supporting them with the loss of their loved ones.

The weekend was organised by the St Richard’s Hospice Family Support Team and saw three families take part in a variety of activities – both at the hospice and at Aztec Adventures in Upton Warren, near Droitwich.

The aim of the weekend was to support bereaved children and adults, helping them to explore their feelings and meet others in similar situations.

Rebecka Sparks, Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker, said: “The activity weekend allowed the families to spend time with each other, talking about the death of their loved and how they are feeling.

“When a loved one dies, it can be difficult for children – and adults – to make sense of the death and share their feelings.

“This is why group activities, such as those we arranged over the weekend, can be so beneficial as it offers families the opportunity to share their feelings in a safe space.”

During the weekend, the group of four adults and eight children were able to try their hand at bell boating and a ropes course at Aztec Adventures.

Families attending the activity weekend were those who have had a loved one cared for by St Richard’s Hospice or are receiving help from Bereavement Support South Worcestershire following a sudden or traumatic death.

The weekend was funded by Children in Need.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.